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The Hate U Give

The Hate Give

“What’s the point of having a voice if you’re going to be silent?”

Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs.
The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could hurt her community.

It could also get her killed.

Starr’s life is pretty normal if you look at everything from the outside. She’s got a Mum and Dad who love her, two brothers, a nice group of friends and a boyfriend who treats her well and goes to her school. Starr is also black, she lives in the poor neighbourhood where she was born, her Dad used to be in a gang, her mum got pregnant with her when she was in school and one of her brothers is a half brother. Not only that but one of her best friends was murdered in a drive by when she was 10, her other best friend will be portrayed falsely after he is murdered by a police officer and her boyfriend, he’s white.

This is all very complicated for Starr who has a scholarship to a suburban private school where she is one of two black people in her year. Starr is one person at home in Garden Heights, and another at school. This all turns upside down when Khalil is shot and she is the only witness. Starr is faced with the facts that her boyfriend is very white, some of her friends might not be as accepting as they used to seem, and when she needs to find her voice it could endanger not only herself but her friends as well.

In the weeks following Khalil’s death, she has to face many truths that were once buried, as well as normal teenage drama along the way. To tell the truth, the whole story of what happened to Kahlil, Starr has to snitch on one of the biggest gang lord’s in Garden Heights.

Personally I was crying in the first few chapters. Angie has a way of connecting you to the characters immediately so when Khalil is shot you feel every emotion Starr felt. You know it is coming but it is every bit as gut-wrenching as if you had no idea. Throughout the book there are plenty of happy and funny moments that many people can relate to.  Angie Thomas creates every characters perspective so clearly through Starr’s eyes which makes for a unique and intensely emotional book that leaves you with goosebumps.

The Hate U Give is strongly related to current events happening all over the world, which makes it an essential read for everyone, not just young adults. It is a “Story that places a spotlight on #BlackLivesMatter at this crucial point in history.” – Stylist. I think John Green said it best when he  said, “Angie Thomas has written a stunning, brilliant, gut-wrenching novel that will be remembered as a classic of our time.”. This book chronicles our time, our generation, as people still fight for rights to be equal and to be heard. Where Margret Atwood wrote about women beginning to choose their own paths and determining how they need to be treated, Angie Thomas writes about a need for change in the way black people are treated. So they don’t have to be on alert wherever they go, so they don’t have to fear their death at the hands of police.

star star star star star
Five Stars

Author: Angie Thomas

Pages: 464

The movie version of The Hate You Give is set to be release January 17 2019, you can watch the official trailer here:

 

At The Mad Hatters Bookshop we have the special edition copy which includes exclusive content, including: a deleted scene from the novel, 5 things you didn’t know about Starr, a short story by Angie Thomas, and an excerpt from Angie’s upcoming novel.

Jess,
The Mad Hatters Bookshop

 

 

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